Let’s take a look in history and see interesting facts that occurred on December 20th.


In 69 AD. General Vespasian’s troops occupy Rome after defeating the Emperor Vitellius.

In 1192, Richard the Lionhearted was captured in Vienna.

In 1600, Ottario Rinuccini/Giulio Caccini’s opera “Euridice” is published.

In 1661, Russian Tsar Peter the Great ordered Russian New Year changed from Sept 1 to Jan 1.

In 1780, Britain declares war on Holland.

Getting closer to our time now…

In 1803, French flag lowered in New Orleans to mark formal transfer of Louisiana Purchase from France to US for $27M.

In 1879, Tom Edison privately demonstrated incandescent light at Menlo Park.

In 1880, NY’s Broadway lit by electricity, becomes known as “Great White Way”.

In 1891, Strongman Louis Cyr withstands pull of 4 horses.

In 1928, 1st international dogsled mail leaves Minot, Maine for Montreal, Quebec.

In 1957, Elvis Presley given draft notice to join US Army for National Service.

In 1972, Five civilians (four Catholics, one Protestant) killed in gun attack on the Top of the Hill Bar in Derry, North Ireland.

And it all happened on a December 20th.




Jean P.





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